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Posts: 12 8/15/13 10:39 A
Hello all! I'm new to this team (although I've been on and off SP since 2009). I'm so glad to have discovered groups for bird enthusiasts here! I'm hoping that I will be able to stay on track a little more this time around by becoming more active in teams like this one.
I'm an avid birder in Florida, so our "on-season" is just getting ready to start again with fall migration around the corner.
"I know he'd be a poorer man if he never saw an Eagle fly..." John Denver "Rocky Mountain High"
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Posts: 1 1/3/13 6:58 P
Hi Everyone, I joined Spark People a couple of years ago, but then didn't keep up with it. I started looking at it again and I am amazed at all the healthy content to encourage me. I found your SparkTeam and decided to join. I don't do a lot of birdwatching, but I am a preschool teacher and my class is called The Beautiful Birds. I get coloring pages off of the Birdorable website and teach my little 4 and 5 year olds about different birds. I am looking forward to a healthy 2013, filled with beautiful blessings. Barb
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I love to go birding! So pleased to find a site on SparkPeople.
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Hello Birder Friends, I live in Ohio and bird watching is my passion!
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Posts: 1,997 4/25/11 12:29 P
Hello my birdwatcher SP friends. i am new to this team. i enjoy birdwatching & taking photos of them. i am in north central arkansas.
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Posts: 649 4/2/11 12:26 A
Hello everyone! I'm new to the team. I live in Los Angeles and I love birds! Every day I feed my backyard birds (and fill birdbath with fresh water) and many of them know me. If I dont feed them there is loud PEEPING at my door till I do..(.that always makes me laugh and smile when I hear them do that,) We have many small sparrows, some yellow finches, robin redbreasts and doves. Here in LA we also have an amazing thing happening with the presence of wild green parrots-I absolutely love them. Last year a small parrot was injured and was hopping in my front yard. I could not catch him -he was very scared. By the next day he was in real bad shape but I found an organization nearby that takes injured birds. The parrot was finally caught and I drove it to the place. The woman who runs the bird rehab said it's leg was broken. It was rehab'd for a couple of months and then let loose in my area -where it is said they return to their flock. That was a very happy day knowing that lovely creature was going to be ok and with it's family again. Anyway I love all the wild free birds of this world! Look forward to being a part of this delightful birdwatchers team. :)
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Posts: 1,152 8/19/10 7:29 P
Welcome to the Team, Ellen! I think quality of bird photography is directly related to the quality of your camera. I have a Panasonic 18X optical zoom with 12 mp (about $300), it takes amazing pictures, compared to the camera I used when I first started, but then I see my friend's pictures that he took with his $4,000 camera, and mine look terrible in comparison. You have to have a good zoom. I have stacks of bird pictures, that I can't even tell what kind of bird that little dot is.
The other thing is, you have to take a LOT of pictures. Don't take just one and walk away. Take a whole bunch. Then you can delete the not-great ones.
Glad to have you on board. I only know Eastern U.S. birds, so I would love to see and learn about the wonderful birds in the UK!
Edited by: BELAFAN at: 8/19/2010 (19:30)
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Hi, My name is Ellen and I live in the UK. I am new to the team. I enjoy watching birds, but I am not very good at photographing them. I live in the country and I often hear the birds, but don't always see them. There are a lot of trees round here. I look forward to taking part. I look forward to learning about birds in the US
UK South of England GMT Eastern Zone 5 hrs difference
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Posts: 9,600 8/5/10 2:15 P
Yes, Texas (mainly South Texas) is a favorite Bird spot for Birders.
Hi Marcy, In the back of my bird bird there is an entire section devoted just to Texas birds! How cool that must be.
We are lucky here, because we have mild weather from late fall to late spring, and that is when the most birds are building nests and laying eggs, so there is great birding during those months. I guess the ocean and the Gulf keep us pretty mild, except for in the summer.
Posts: 9,600 8/4/10 11:03 P
I Sherree and thank you for your warm welcome!
I live way down in South Texas - very hot here all the time.
Outstanding Birding - lots of migration and local birds/ butterfly's etc.
Looking forward to getting to know you - glad this is a small team!
Welcome Marcy! I'm Sherree, I live in South Florida where there are lots of different birds, but where it is so hot in the summer, it is hard to go birding. Where do you live?
Posts: 9,600 8/4/10 9:21 A
Good morning - I am new here but an avid bird / butterfly and dragonfly watcher. I just came across this team from a post from Church Musicians. Looking forward to meeting the team members and chatting.
Is your friend in Nebraska? That would be really cool!
I love Sandhill Cranes. They don't live this far south, but I saw them in Central Florida a few times now. I even had the honor of seeing two fly over! Man! They are beautiful!
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Welcome to the team! Great weight loss so far!!
I was just talking to a friend that I reconnected with after 19yrs years of having no contact. We found out that we are both bird nerds and I told him I would love to go to Nebraska to see the Sandhill Cranes or take some sort of birding tour. So if things keep going the way they have between us, maybe we will do that someday.
Hi! I'm new to this team, but not new to birding. I love to go birding most every season, except summer, because it is just too hot and humid to enjoy it most days. I live in sunny South Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. It took me years of living here to finally notice the hundreds of different kinds of birds we have here. I still don't know them all, but when I see a new one, I photograph it, or if I don't have my camera, I sketch it and write in the colors I see and then look it up when I get to my field guide. I love the Purple Gallinules, especially in full sun! And the Roseate Spoonbills are gorgeous! And I have to drive north to Palm Beach County to see them, but I LOVE the Sandhill Cranes! They are just beautiful. One day I drove to Viera Wetlands about 80 miles north of here, and there were three of them walking around, so I followed them with my camera. They were just wonderful to watch! I still have a lot of birds to learn, but I enjoy them all. I love the Pie-Billed Grebes, too! What sweet little birds!
I started losing weight on SP June 1st and 25 pounds are already gone! I love it. Looking forward to hearing about your birding experiences.
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Welcome to the team. I hope you enjoy it!
Building a shelf at your LR window for feeding your birds sounds like a great idea.
HICKOK-HAILEY told me about your team....so here I am! New to the team, but not to birding or SP!
I love all the birds that love to nest in my yard: Cardinals, Chickadees, Gold finches, Robins, Doves and also had one unrecognizable one last year (never got close enough to tell what it was).
I have mobility challenges...so getting feed into the backyard has been a tremendous struggle this winter.
Am drawing up designs for building a shelf under my LR window, so I will be ready for next winter & can feed them at my level, still enjoying the view of my babies!
My day is not complete until needle, thread & fabric meet!!
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Fitness Minutes: (12,828) Posts: 10,313 1/20/10 10:52 A
I know for a while there wasn't much participation and I felt like I was talking to myself, but I am glad it has finally picked up! (no offense to those that don't participate...you have your reasons!) I got your email and responded. This year I really want to get out and start actually birding in different areas other than my backyard!
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I think the discussion was about this team dwindling to maybe two of you last Fall. Glad to hear it is taking off. This could be a fun forum. I won't say that bird watching is going to count as exercise though. Actually I get a back ache from it after about an hour in the woods.
I sent you an email about a friend of mine. Let me know if you've heard of him. He is also a very good water color artist. He used to donate a painting every year to be raffled off at a local park to raise funds.
Fitness Minutes: (12,828) Posts: 10,313 1/19/10 10:57 A
Hmmm...I don't remember any discussions on what to do with the team, but that is ok. Glad to have you along anyways. This team just finally took off as far as activity. We just have fun with birding. We aren't "professional" birders, just novice birders, so we are learning from each other. I am thinking of adding some other activities, such as goal and challenges. I haven't really had time yet to sit down and do it as I been stressing with interviewing for a new job. Unfortunately, I didn't get the job so now I can relax a bit. I was thinking I would start in Feb. being a new month!
I also carry my binoculars with me on occasions. We have eagles close by and love to just watch them sit on their perch at the park.
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I'm a leader on another team and just ran across your discussions about what to do with this team . That was a couple months ago so I guess you let it survive. I didn't realize we have a birders forum on SP. I love birdwatching but have not been doing any formal outings with groups because of various things lately. Thought I'd tag into your group for a bit to see what the discussion are about here.
When I lost my job in 2002 I began birding with local groups. Birds have always fascinated me so this was my fun outing for each week. My favorite time of the year is Spring Migration so you know I really love getting out to watch warblers. My binoculars go everywhere with me.
It will be fun to see what people here are seeing all over the country.
Hi there! I know a few of you from Spaniel Lovers! My favorite bird is the Eastern Bluebird. One of my volunteer activities is monitoring the bluebird nestboxes at a local farm/park. Unfortunately, there were no BBs this year or last. Lots and lots of Tree Sparrows. They're so cute -- they'll swoop down and chatter at me as I'm checking the boxes. Another thing they'll do is glide in the breeze right by me. The moms on the nest, surprisingly, don't move when I peek in. If they're there, I'll just peek and close the box.
My least favorite bird -- House Sparrows for what they do to TS and BB nests.
Anyway, look forward to being on the team! Off to finish cleaning my own nestboxes and feeders...
Go to Yosemite. It's incredible!
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Fitness Minutes: (12,828) Posts: 10,313 9/18/09 12:39 A
Glad you could join. I am not sure how or who taught me about the birds and their songs. I suppose it was my parents. I could sit out on my deck all day and watch them if I could. I know I had people call me one time to see if I knew what kind of bird that had at their house.
My sister bought a book that you can put in a page number and it will play the birds song. I also got her for Christmas one year a thing that has computerized cards that plays different bird songs. Kind of neat because I have used it to get a screech owl to call and it responded and it even flew closer to me.
I have all sorts of birds in my area and I am a migration path so we get visitors in the spring and fall.
I feel bad for my mom as she has very low vision now and can't enjoy watching the birds anymore. She wishes she could. She has had cornea transplants and if she can get her eyelid lifted on that eye, she may be able to.
Hope the other member joins. I would like to see more activity on this team.
I am joining this team because I noticed it awhile ago on your SparkPage, and I enjoyed reading your comments when I stopped in to check it out. I have long loved to watch the birds.
I regret that I didn't pay more attention to my father when I was growing up. He knew all of the birds and would point them out to us wherever we were. He also knew all of their songs. We would be somewhere and he would stop and ask us to listen and then he would tell us what bird it was. We also listened to the Peterson albums of bird songs. He is nearly deaf now, and he has not been well, so much of his knowledge is lost to us now. I also wish I had paid attention to all he taught me about stars and the constellations. I guess I did pay attention, but did not absorb as much as I would have liked to.
Anyway, I love my birds, and always have. I find them quite interesting. Currently I live in town. A small town to be sure, but in town. I live on a river that runs right through the center of our town. We have a bird feeder and a humming bird feeder and a squirrel feeder all on or just off of our front porch. We have some regular birds, and from time to time we have some visitors. We watch our regular birds every day. Our cat "Owl" watches them too, from the back of our loveseat, but she is an inside cat, so she doesn't bother them, and they are not afraid of her. We have three chickadees that always come every morning. One of them has even let my husband touch it, just once, but that was cool for him. They don't seem to mind us, and do not fly off if we go in or out of the door. We have a pair of blue jays that are regulars as well. We have just acquired a goldfinch, and there is another bird that we are not sure what it is. We have the Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America handy in our living room, but we have not been able to identify it.
I like that this is a small team, and since I really like to watch my birds, even if we only get a few, I thought it would be fun to join.
I am going to invite a new SparkPeople member that I do not know, but I visited her SparkPage because she joined one of my other teams, she is BIRDWATCHER8. I think that she would probably like this team too.
Best to All, Jen
Edited by: JEN169 at: 9/18/2009 (00:22)
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Let us know what kind of birds you see around your home.
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Bonnie, Portland oregon area--new to watching the backyard birds!
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I hear you about burning the calories. Can't burn to many when sitting still waiting for the birds to come by. I've had a female ruby throat hummingbird visit from time to time, so I sit still so she won't take off.
I want to try out falconry, which will get you moving, but that is a long ways off. Takes some money and time plus all the other stuff you have to do before even obtaining your hawk. I am not a hunter in anyway, but I figure this is a natural way of killing prey for the birds and it is not me doing it. I just train and work with the bird.
So for me at this time, it is bike riding. I just started that about 2 weeks or so ago and have done up to 4 miles.
I have been lurking around in this team for some time and have finally decided to introduce myself! I am Anne from southern California and am an avid birder. It is great to meet you all. I have been having a swell summer traveling around looking for vagrants and early fall migrants... as well as all those fancy year round birds. I only wish birding burned more calories!
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Hi "Wannaread" - Welcome to Birdwatchers Team.... not sure if that elite, but the more the merrier. I joined because it was a small group.
I also see you are a spaniel lover from your SparkPage. I am a member of the Spaniel Lovers Team as well as I have 2 cocker spaniels. You are more than welcome to join that team too! We lots of different spaniels in that group. I am very much a dog lover as my mother pointed out to me. She showed me picture from when I was a toddler to adult age; I always had a spaniel beside me, except for one pointer. I love to talk about my dogs too! They are my spoiled children.
I love watching the juncos in the winter, they are feisty little birds. I have the flickers on occasions, but mainly downies come in my yard. I know there are chickadees around as I have heard them, but the don't come into my yard for some reason. I have plenty of finches, both gold and house/purple, and robins. I also get a lot of different migratory birds in the spring and fall. Right now my neighbors and I keep track of coopers hawks that have nested in the area the last couple of years. The babies just fledged recently so we hear them calling for food and see them perched on tv antennas.
I used to work at Wild Birds Unlimited, a feed, feeder, and birdhouse store and other accessories. Fun place to work and learn about birds. Check them out to see if you have a store near you. It was nice to have a job that I considered as a hobby. Had to leave because of my "real" career demanded it. Boo!
Hi birdwatchers, I see I am the third person to join this group! Must be very elite. I live near Tacoma, Washington in a subdivision and we do not have a lot of variety of birds but I sure do enjoy the birds we have. We have chickadees, juncos, robins, flickers, stellar jays, and the occasional hummingbird and finch. I especially enjoy feeding the birds in the winter--the chickadees let you come quite close to the feeder and their call is so cheerful.
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I guess I should introduce myself even though I answered your hummingbird question first.
My name is Kim and I live in NW Ohio, 3rd house from Maumee Bay. I have a great view of the water and have enjoyed the many surprises of wildlife since moving to this neighborhood 5 years ago. I see the local bald eagle, hawks, owls, and the regular assortment of birds....sparrows, grackles, starlings, doves, robins, etc. I even had a pheasant in my yard on Christmas day one year! The most surprising was a budgie sitting on a wire near my house and a hawk came down and sat right next to it. I think the budgie saw his life "fly" before his eyes! LOL I didn't have time to get my camera before the hawk flew away. The budgie stayed put.
I have two kids of the 4 legged variety. They are cocker spaniels. Sophie(Mae) who was adopted last Sept and Murphy who I've had since a pup. They are 4 and 6 years old. Sophie is my hunter, not that I am really thrilled about that since she caught and killed a baby squirrel not too long ago. Murphy is also a hunter, but he likes baby bunnies instead. Both do enjoy chasing the birds though.
I watched my birds for a couple of weeks while recuperating last year after a total hip replacement surgery. Six weeks off of work had me enjoying the time outside during the summer, not that I could do much. Now I am going to be starting a 2nd job (part-time) so I won't get to have much pleasure in watching my birds, let alone enjoying my kids.
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